Using both Tor and a VPN can bring important benefits to your Internet connection. Learn about Tor over VPN and its advantages.
What is Tor over VPN?
Tor over VPN solution sends encrypted traffic over the Tor network. From there, it goes around the world, making it (almost) impossible to trace back to the source.
The working principle is rather simple. Firstly, the VPN client connects to VPN server which then routes all traffic through a Tor node. Thus the traffic is encrypted within the VPN layer and later sent to the Tor network.
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Advantages and disadvantages of using Tor over VPN
By entering the Tor network the traffic passes a few Tor hops until ends up at the destination. This increases the privacy of the connection as the source of the traffic can hardly be identified.
Another advantages is that it provides access .onion websites (sites that can only be accessed through Tor network) as the DNS traffic is also routed to the Tor network.
Also, your ISP does not know that you are using Tor. The Tor entry node does not see your true IP address, but the IP address of the VPN server.
A drawback of this approach is that you might end up in a bad or malicious exit node with no Internet or blocked Google. But, the next request is routed through another node that might work as expected.
How can you use it?
There are no extra settings you have to perform in order to use Tor over VPN. Simply connect to VPN servers specially set up by your VPN providers.
Tor over VPN providers
There are VPN services that offer VPN servers connected to the Tor network, such as NordVPN, ibVPN and TorVPN. They use OpenVPN configuration file that transparently routes the traffic from OpenVPN to the Tor network.
At this time, NordVPN offers access to two Tor VPN servers:
- Latvia – lv-tor1.nordvpn.com
- Sweden – se-tor1.nordvpn.com
ibVPN enters the Tor network using 3 servers:
- Netherlands – tornl.ibvpn.com
- Singapore – torsg.ibvpn.com
- US – torus.ibvpn.com
TorVPN enables access to transparent TOR proxy on all its servers.
What do you think about Tor over VPN?
Do you use it? Do you consider it secure? Let us know in the comments below.